SAN DIEGO, July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Linspire, Inc., developer of the Linspire commercial and Freespire community desktop Linux operating systems, today announced its membership in the Interop Vendor Alliance with Microsoft, Novell, Red Hat and other industry leaders. The Interop Vendor Alliance community of software and hardware vendors was established to connect people, data and diverse systems through better interoperability. "Linspire has always been about choice and this alliance fits into that key philosophy," said Kevin Carmony CEO, Linspire, Inc. "By broadening our relationships through participation in the Interop Vendor Alliance, we're able to make our products interoperate better with a wider variety of software and hardware, which benefits our customers." The alliance membership marks the latest in a series of commitments by Linspire in building relationships with industry leaders in order to offer better interoperable products. Last month Linspire announced a broad agreement with Microsoft that will facilitate better interoperability between Windows and Linux. The agreement promotes customer choice and strengthens the bridge between the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) and Linux operating systems. "We are pleased to have Linspire as a member of the Interop Vendor Alliance," said Sam Rosenbalm, business development manager, Microsoft. "Every day, enterprises across the globe face the challenges of making a wide variety of software from many different vendors work together. Bringing together vendors like Linspire helps create and deliver real-world solutions that will improve the flow of information and contribute to an overall healthier IT ecosystem." About the Interop Vendor Alliance The Interop Vendor Alliance is designed to better connect people, data, and diverse systems through enhanced interoperability with Microsoft technology. The organization serves as a collaborative forum for developing and sharing common technology models, facilitates scenario-based testing of multivendor solutions, and works to communicate additional best practices to users. Additional information about the Interop Vendor Alliance can be found at http://www.interopvendoralliance.org. About Linspire Linspire, Inc. (http://www.linspire.com) was founded in 2001 to bring choice into the operating system market. The company's flagship product, the Linspire operating system, is an affordable, easy-to-use Linux-based operating system distributed primarily pre-installed on PCs for home, school, and business users. Freespire (http://www.freespire.org) is a community-involved, Linux-based operating system that combines the best that free, open source software has to offer (community driven, freely distributed, open source code, etc.), but also provides users the choice of including proprietary codecs, drivers and applications as they see fit. Linspire also pioneered CNR Technology, which provides free access to all Linux software through CNR.com, allowing one-click installation from over 20,000 software programs, packages and libraries. Free to use, both free & commercial software is available at CNR.com (http://www.cnr.com). For more information please contact: Linspire, Inc. 858-587-6700 ext 183 858-587-8095 Faxpr@linspireinc.com
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